HOF033: Khamla Inthadeth

This is a 64 year-old fellow who as a young man in Laos, decided to enlist in a training program with plans to become a police officer. During that period, he and his friends began to ask questions about the changing political and economic situation in Laos. Many of them decided to leave the country as they feared for their future.

The fellow stayed behind. He abandonned the police officer training program and chose to enroll in an agricultrual training program. His involvment in the program was very short. As more and more of his friends disappeared or left the coumtry, he decided to follow suit. By the time he had chosen to leave, he was married to a Thai woman and had a young son.

With the help of acquaintences, he was transported by boat to a narrow section of the Mekong River. He jumped out of the boat and swam a few meters to shore, where he was apprehended and interrogated by the Thai police. Soon after, he was sent to live at the Nong Khai refugee camp. A few months later, his wife and child succeeded in leaving Laos and reunited with him in the Nong Khai camp. They later stayed for a short period in another refugee camp in Bangkok.

The young family eventually immigrated to Canada where they settled in Ottawa. As soon as they arrived in the city, they were welcomed and supported by a generous group of sponsors. In time the parents welcomed two other sons to the family.

The sons, now young men, have married and now have families of their own.